r/antiwork Jan 14 '22 Helpful 16 Wholesome 10 Silver 5

So sorry, I'm broke so I can only pay you $77 for my food. You were great though.

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u/Hoopduck Jan 15 '22

The US tipping culture is toxic as hell. Shaming people for eating out on a budget because an entire industry has convinced workers it's OK to be paid next to nothing? Ridiculous. People deserve living wages with tips viewed as an added gratuity or bonus for good service.

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u/DavidtheGoliath99 Jan 15 '22

If you can afford to spend almost 80 dollars on eating out, you have 15 more to give a reasonable tip. If you don't, you have no business eating out at what is clearly a pretty expensive restaurant. Just go to a place that costs $15 less and give those $15 as a tip. Now, before you downvote me: I'm not from the US, and I find US tipping culture just as ridiculous as the next person. But changing it into a system where every server gets paid a living wage is going to take time, and in the meantine, you are denying struggling restaurant workers their only means of making a living wage by not tipping them. Their boss isn't going to pay them more just because you don't tip them. All not tipping does is make a person who has less than you more miserable. So until a law that dicates a livable wage for restsurant workers comes into place, a reasonable tip simply needs to be part of your eating out budget. That's not shaming anyone, that's being a decent human being to your server.

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u/Hoopduck Jan 15 '22

Nah, it isn't though. There are more than enough people that tip their servers without us demeaning the people who can't or don't tip. Not everyone has the same socioeconomic story or the same beliefs & values. Things should definitely change. Tipping should be a gratuity, not a replacement for wage theft.

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u/DavidtheGoliath99 Jan 15 '22

No, there aren't "more than enough" people who tip. Because 100% of people need to tip so that a waiter can make a living wage. There's no excuse for refusing to tip. If you can't afford a reasonable tip, you can't afford to eat at that restaurant. So just go to one that's a little cheaper and give the difference as a tip. If you can't even do that, you're a pretty shitty, selfish human being.

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u/Hoopduck Jan 15 '22

There's plenty of people who tip, actually. 100% of people tipping is never going to happen since tips are not mandatory. There are plenty of reasons people that can't or don't tip.

Shaming people for not tipping is a shitty thing to do. Poor people blaming poor people for being poor is a bourgeoisie wet dream. Shame corporations for not paying a living wage!